How To: Get Out Of Bed In The Morning

Even When You Got No Sleep The Night Before

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We couldn't sleep one night this week and finally fell asleep around 3 in the morning on Wednesday (and are now up to date on all of our friends' Facebook happenings). We even read an entire years worth of a blog. Unfortunately, we needed to get up the next morning (without hitting the snooze). So over the years, we've built in a few systems that will ensure our legs hit the floor when the alarm clock buzzes.

  • Keeping your favorite breakfast item stocked. We love to eat cereal bars (Target Brand Strawberry Cereal Bars to be exact). As long as we keep those bars stocked along with our Starbuck's Sumatra we know we can make it through the harsh reality of a sleepless night. Just knowing that there's something good to eat will make it easier for us to get out of the bed the next morning.
  • We're a member of a local exercise bootcamp and our class starts at 7:00 a.m. Because we like to sleep until the last possible second, we sleep in our exercise clothes. That way, when the alarm sounds, all we have to do is roll out of bed and throw our shoes on, brush our teeth and run out the door. By wearing the exercise clothes to bed, we're building in another level of accountability. When we come to and want to hit the snooze (for an hour) we realize we're already ready to go--and it would be lazy/silly of us not to get out of bed.
  • Reward yourself later. Go ahead and tell yourself that you'll take a catnap later. As long as you know there's a reward for your troubles you'll be able to jump out of bed (just knowing that you can crash later will make all the difference).
  • Have a friend/family member call you. Because our parents live on the east coast, asking them to give us a ring to make sure we don't miss an important meeting has worked well in the past. If a friend you know is an early riser, ask them to check in with you if you can't be trusted to wake up.

Let's hear it AT readers--how do you get out of bed in the morning (even when you've had no sleep the night before)?!

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